Wales' winning habit continued with a narrow victory over Bulgaria as Neco Williams scored a dramatic stoppage-time header in Cardiff.

Liverpool teenager Williams, sent on as a 65th-minute substitute, met Jonny Williams' cross at the far post in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

It was the 19-year-old full-back's first goal in senior football on the back of his breakthrough season at Anfield and moved the Welsh five points clear of Ireland ahead of this afternoon's 5pm kick-off against Finland. 

The Dragons had opened their Nations League campaign with a 1-0 triumph in Finland on Thursday when Ryan Giggs' side made light of several notable absentees.

It was a third consecutive win for Wales on a seven-game unbeaten run, but Gareth Bale and company struggled to find the key to unlocking Bulgaria.

Bale, who has been out in the cold at Real Madrid, completed 90 minutes for the first time since January 4 but the country's record scorer could not add to his 33-goal tally.

The closest Wales - who kept a fourth consecutive clean sheet - had come to a goal before Williams' late intervention was when David Brooks struck the woodwork 16 minutes from time.

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Williams told Sky Sports: "To finish it off and get my first goal for my country is a proud moment for me and my family, and something I will remember for the rest of my life.

"It's just happened so quick - making my debut then scoring my first goal for my country - obviously when you're a kid you dream of playing for your country.

"To get the opportunity was a surreal moment, and if I keep working hard and showing the gaffer what I can do, hopefully I will get my chances."


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Captain Bale paid tribute to Williams and the impact of the young players but admitted the win wasn't easy.

Bale said: "It's fantastic for him and fantastic for us - we've been working towards keeping going and being patient.

"They (the young players) have come in and we're trying to teach them what we've learned in the past, and it's a great result for us.

"We weren't really good enough in the first half, we were a little bit slopping but we had a chat at half-time that we had to pick the pace up and play a bit better."